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Art Carden puts “Tariff Man” to the tune of Billy Joel’s classic hit “Piano Man.” Here are Art’s opening lyrics: It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday Your iPhone is glowing and bright There’s an old man up Washington Watching cable news into the night. He says, “Let’s make America Great Again! By slapping a tariff on steel— And aluminum bars and on Japanese cars Now, let’s make those foreigners kneel!” By the way, after Trump’s “Tariff Man” tweet from earlier today, no one should any longer suffer any delusions that Trump understands trade and that his goal in calling for U.S. tariffs is anything other than to decrease U.S. imports as much as possible and to increase American exports as much as possible. He’s a cartoonish mercantilist. Comments

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Art Carden puts “Tariff Man” to the tune of Billy Joel’s classic hit “Piano Man.” Here are Art’s opening lyrics:

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday

Your iPhone is glowing and bright

There’s an old man up Washington

Watching cable news into the night.

He says, “Let’s make America Great Again!

By slapping a tariff on steel—

And aluminum bars and on Japanese cars

Now, let’s make those foreigners kneel!”

By the way, after Trump’s “Tariff Man” tweet from earlier today, no one should any longer suffer any delusions that Trump understands trade and that his goal in calling for U.S. tariffs is anything other than to decrease U.S. imports as much as possible and to increase American exports as much as possible. He’s a cartoonish mercantilist.

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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